How is the Sydney Medical Program structured?


I’m very excited to be talking about the
new Doctor of Medicine program at the University of Sydney which is going to
start in 2020. Our four-year program places an emphasis on early and
prolonged clinical exposure throughout your degree with the whole of the last
year being an extended pre internship year. This means right from
your first week you’ll be working in clinical settings either in hospitals or
in the community, gaining practical skills and experience so at the time you
graduate you’re ready to solve problems and improve lives of individuals and
communities. The nature and delivery of health in hospitals and in the community
is changing all the time and the content and structure of our course is evolving
to reflect that. The foundational knowledge we teach is guided by pressing
national international priorities like long-term illness, chronic diseases and
health inequalities, climate change and sustainability. We also understand the
importance of personalisation of a medical degree and our program is
structured to suit the needs of our diverse student base and allowing you to
complete elective placements that suit your discipline interest in locations
you want to live or have lived in locally rurally and internationally. In
the new MD starting 2020, the path to becoming a doctor is very clear at the
Sydney Medical School. We develop your skill set systematically by focusing on
one key development area in each year of study and each year builds on the
previous. Prior to commencing your degree you’ll have access to an online
foundational knowledge resource to help you get up to the required level of
biomedical science knowledge. This will help prepare for the content that will
be covered in your first year especially if your first degree was not in a
science related area. Right from the first year you’ll spend one day each
week in one of our seven clinical schools. You’ll have three days a week on
campus and one day of flexible learning where you can study at your own pace. Our clinical schools are located all across New South Wales from Sydney to Westmead and Orange, Dubbo, Lismore and Broken Hill. In your first year during your
three days on campus you’ll methodically cover the eight systems of the body
starting with cardiovascular and respiratory sciences and finishing with
neurosciences. In your second year will increase the time you spend at your
clinical school to three days per week. You’ll also complete one day a week in
community health care which could be in general practice outpatient clinics or
ambulatory settings and one day of flexible learning. In year two you are
now spending around 50 per cent of your time in clinical practice You will also complete
an eight-week back-to-basics block gaining deeper knowledge of clinical
science and research methods. In year two you will also choose an area of research that will later become your major research project. In your third year you will spend approximately half of your time rotating through specialist
clinical rotations whilst preparing for your research project. These specialty
rotations will alternate through psychiatry, child health, women’s and
perinatal health and through critical care departments. Your third year will
also have a 14-week block dedicated to completing your research project. In your
final year you’ll solidify your knowledge and skills to prepare you for practice. Your entire fourth year now acts as a pre internship, where you’ll spend almost a
hundred percent of your time in the work place completing clinical placements this year can also be spent in whole or in part in a rural setting in one of our
rural clinical schools. A major component of your final year is rotations through
medicine, surgery and general practice which are the areas that you’ll rely
upon most when you’ve completed your degree and enter into your internship
year. Year 4 also includes your elective period where you can experience health
care or research in another setting. If your year 3 project is going very well
you may also be able to continue this during the elective period. So the new MD
program starting in 2020 prepares you for entry into the program through our
foundational knowledge course. We have a focus on early and prolonged clinical exposure, personalised student pathways and dedicated time to complete your
major research project. Our medicine program these graduates more prepared for practice than ever before and ready to enter the exciting and rewarding
medical profession either in Australia or internationally.

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